5 x 5 x 5 Chili Wins Cook-off

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(Newswire.net — October 27, 2015) — In addition to my duties here at Newswire as Editor-in-Chief, I fancy myself somewhat of a pitmaster.  As the weather gets cooler, it is time to break out my favorite comfort food – chili.  This recipe, refined over the last decade, has won every contest ever entered.  But like all things, it is better shared.  Hope you enjoy this fall treat!  




  • 1 lb Beef or bison steak
  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • 1 lb Hot Italian sausage
  • 1 lb Boneless pork chops
  • ½ lb Hickory Smoked Bacon
  • 2 large onions, chopped to ½”
  • 2 Jalapeños, seeded and deveined chopped fine
  • 1 – 4 oz. can of chipotle peppers)
  • 1 Red bell pepper, seeded and deveined chopped to ½”
  • 1 Green bell pepper, seeded and deveined chopped to ½”
  • 1 Yellow bell pepper, seeded and deveined chopped to ½”
  • 6 Garlic Cloves, chopped fine
  • 6 tbs. Chili powder
  • 1.5 tbs. Tarragon leaves crushed fine
  • 1 tbs. Oregano leaves crushed fine
  • 16 oz. Can garbanzo beans
  • 16 oz. Can pinto beans
  • 16 oz. Can black beans
  • 16 oz. Can red beans
  • 16 oz. Cans kidney beans
  • 2 – 16 oz Cans Beef Broth
  • 16 oz. Diced tomatoes (“roasted” flavor if available).
  • 2 oz. Extra virgin olive oil or 12 oz. bacon
  • 4 tbs. Brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. Black pepper




  • Brown sausage and ground beef. Add olive oil or bacon as needed for oil.  Set aside.
  • Chop steak and pork into ¾” cubes. Brown meat in 1/2 of olive oil or bacon. Set aside.
  • Sauté chopped onions and jalapeño in remainder of olive oil or bacon with drippings until soft.  Add chopped garlic and brown sugar and caramelize mixture over high heat.
  • Add remainder of ingredients, except diced tomatoes.  Include all liquid from cans of beans.  Bake at 350 for 2.5 hours stirring occasionally.
  • Add diced tomatoes.  Bake for an additional .75 hours.
  • Salt and pepper finished chili to taste.  Add red chili flakes or more chili powder to increase heat if needed. (Note: Chili will become slightly less spicy as it sits overnight in refrigerator).
  • Refrigerate for 24 hours.  Re-heat in moderate oven or crock pot for 1 hour before serving.
  • Tell everyone whose recipe this is :-P